Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

“The best director is the one you don’t see.” – Art of Quotation

“The best director is the one you don’t see.” Billy Wilder, director, screenwriter, 7 time Academy Award winner via “The best director is the one you don’t see.” – Art … Continue reading

03/01/2018 · 1 Comment

James Bond director Lewis Gilbert has died, aged 97 | The Independent

Lewis Gilbert, who directed three iconic James Bond films, has died at 97. He was best-known for directing The Spy Who Loved Me. Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli … Continue reading

02/28/2018 · 3 Comments

Emma Chambers obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

The Vicar of Dibley, conceived by the writer Richard Curtis, began in 1994, the year in which the first female Church of England priests were ordained. The TV sitcom starred … Continue reading

02/28/2018 · 7 Comments

Quote • LYN GARDNER • Audiences

There is an undoubted pleasure in watching a classic play unfold to an unknowing audience. I once saw Hedda Gabler in a regional theatre where it was clear from the … Continue reading

02/26/2018 · 4 Comments

The Mash Report’s Rachel Parris on going viral, Piers Morgan and Jacob Rees-Mogg – The i – Friday Arts #11

“I think it depends which bit you’re working on,” Parris says. “For my bit, me and the fantastic Mash writing team come up with the weekly topic – we usually … Continue reading

02/23/2018 · 2 Comments

King Lear starring Ian McKellen review at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘intensely moving’ | Review | Carousel, Theatre | The Stage

King Lear transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in the summer, running from 11th July to 3rd November 2018. A stunning studio version of Shakespeare’s play has an … Continue reading

02/22/2018 · 1 Comment

David Threlfall: ‘I have a need to act. For me it’s obsession, it’s curiosity, it’s passion’ – The i – iweekend #21

by Chloe Hamilton You wouldn’t think David Threlfall was about to star in the most expensive drama the BBC has ever made. The actor, best known for his performance as … Continue reading

02/17/2018 · 1 Comment

Audrey Hepburn says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Source: Audrey Hepburn says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

02/16/2018 · 5 Comments

Archive Review • SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER • Richmond Theatre [tour] • 2008

If ever a production showed just how important it is to get the set and costumes right, this touring version of She Stoops to Conquer from Birmingham Rep and The Touring Consortium, … Continue reading

02/12/2018 · 2 Comments

In Memory: “there’s the actor in every human being” – Art of Quotation

“If I should have the good fortune to become a star, I certainly don’t intend to become a star twenty-four…” via In Memory: “there’s the actor in every human being” … Continue reading

02/10/2018 · 5 Comments

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville on starring in what might just be the greatest American play ever

‘I’ve done a lot of plays,’ says Lesley Manville, with some understatement. ‘A lot of great plays: Caryl Churchill, Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Shakespeare. But I don’t think I’m overselling it … Continue reading

02/07/2018 · 3 Comments

“You should only be an actor if you can’t not be an actor.”

Originally posted on Art of Quotation:
“You should only be an actor if you can’t not be an actor.” John Lithgow, actor, from the Helen Edison Lecture Series, UC San…

02/07/2018 · 2 Comments

Preserving Vivien Leigh’s Photo Albums – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

I’ve been collecting original Vivien Leigh (and Laurence Olivier, but mostly Vivien) memorabilia in earnest for about 10 years now. It began with vintage fan magazines and playbills, and gradually … Continue reading

02/06/2018 · 1 Comment

Journey’s End: behind the scenes of the new First World War film – History Extra

RC Sherriff wrote his celebrated play Journey’s End in 1928, ten years after the end of the First World War. Praised for capturing the claustrophobia and viciousness of trench warfare … Continue reading

02/05/2018 · 7 Comments

Quote • IMELDA STAUNTON • Film Stardom

‘Well, my parents were working people. You just worked. I’ve always wanted a long career, not an instant one. I left RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art], I worked in … Continue reading

02/03/2018 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • BASHMENT • Theatre Royal Stratford East, London • 2005

In Britain, our multi-ethnic society may pay lip service to celebrating difference and we are even giving legal recognition to gay partnerships but there is a continuing pattern of racial … Continue reading

02/02/2018 · 2 Comments

‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under Trump and the collapse of his $100m movie | Stage | The Guardian

Back on home soil, the Australian polymath discusses politics, musicals and #MeToo – and the worst year of his professional life. via ‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under … Continue reading

01/30/2018 · 1 Comment

BFI Screenonline: Rediscovered TV Drama

The further back in television history you go, the greater are the gaps in the archival record of transmitted material. This is actually true of most areas of cultural activity … Continue reading

01/28/2018 · 1 Comment

Actors on Actors: Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen – Full Video

01/27/2018 · 2 Comments

Theatre and Morality: Synge’s Playboy of the Western World | A R T L▼R K

On the 26th of January 1907, The Playboy of the Western World, a three-act drama, written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge, was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in … Continue reading

01/26/2018 · 3 Comments

Richard Wroughton (1749-1822): Actor – All Things Georgian

In a previous blog post ‘Miss Jenny Davis as a bride’ we briefly mentioned Richard Wroughton, so thought we would take a closer look at him to see if we … Continue reading

01/25/2018 · 1 Comment

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket goes up for sale | Stage | The Guardian

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, which has staged premieres of Oscar Wilde plays and was John Gielgud’s temporary home during the blitz, has been put up for sale by its owners. … Continue reading

01/24/2018 · 3 Comments

More than 30 UK theatres at risk of being lost | Stage | The Guardian

Theatres around the UK are in danger of being lost for ever unless more local authorities start seeing them as opportunities, rather than liabilities, according to a new report. via … Continue reading

01/23/2018 · 5 Comments

The war has not yet started | Carole Woddis

Well, here’s a thing now, a season of plays up from Plymouth – but no ordinary season when steered by Simon Stokes and Jenny Topper. It was Stokes and Topper … Continue reading

01/22/2018 · 1 Comment

The Latest: Stars mingle and dance at SAG Awards after-party

Sam Rockwell, from left, Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson, nominees for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” introduce a clip from … Continue reading

01/22/2018 · 5 Comments

Henry Montague: First Shepherd of the Lambs

Just a quick shout out to honor the natal day of actor Henry James Montague (Henry John Mann, 1843-1878). Montagu came to our attention through that eerie, ghostly portrait above, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Return to the Forbidden Planet creator Bob Carlton dies

Bob Carlton, who created Return to the Forbidden Planet, has died. The writer and director created the jukebox rock and roll musical, which is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Patrick Stewart: my nerve-racking RSC audition with the great John Barton | Stage | The Guardian

In a cold, wet November evening in 1965, I plodded nervously across the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. I had at last been accepted to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company, although … Continue reading

01/19/2018 · 3 Comments

John Barton obituary | Stage | The Guardian

Through his work as a director, and above all as a teacher, John Barton, who has died aged 89, changed the way we play and hear Shakespeare. His editing and … Continue reading

01/19/2018 · 2 Comments

Caryl Churchill honoured for outstanding contribution to writing | The Stage

Playwright Caryl Churchill has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing at the 2018 Writers’ Guild awards. Fellow playwright Lucy Kirkwood presented Churchill with the award at a London … Continue reading

01/16/2018 · 1 Comment
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